They are not pit bulls but...... RATS

Postby pLaurent » March 20th, 2006, 3:58 pm

See I look at the Martins Cages and think "Oh what a nightmare to clean!"


I had no problem! The cage lifts out of the large plastic pan on the bottom, then you can just set the cage itself in the shower.:)

I only had two rats in that big cage, so didn't have to shower it very often.

I covered the platforms with cut up jeans - very durable and easy to toss in the washing machine and the rats loved chewing them up.

Here are the occupants of that cage, Ashley Peebody and Mae West!
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Call2arms, I would LOVE to take some of your ratties, if I didn't have these stupid cats. :|
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Postby call2arms » March 20th, 2006, 5:17 pm

:wink2: pL, send me your cage instead, and when I can buy myself one I'll send yours back, full of rats! :D
My makeshift cages aren't really bad, but all those nice ones make me feel bad for my ratties. I htink I'm actually jealous. Some day.
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Postby pLaurent » March 20th, 2006, 6:14 pm

send me your cage instead, and when I can buy myself one I'll send yours back, full of rats!


I would love to do that, especially the "full of rats" part, but my niece is now using the cage for her ferret as Ashley and Mae have gone to the Bridge. :(

I searched everywhere for a suitable cage for my rats, and found none. I did buy a large bird cage before finally get the Martin's cage. The bird cage cost MORE and was not suitable, due to small doors and other features that weren't good for rats.

The Martin's cage would cost you less than buying anything of comparable size here, and is very much worth it!:)

Or you can do what SisMorphine mentioned. Take a look at the Rat Grotto on Google. It's fabulous and you could make it rather cheaply.
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Postby call2arms » March 20th, 2006, 8:00 pm

I know pL. But I'm on a rough patch, I have a hard time buying all the expensive organic composants for the Suebee's rat mix, so the cage will have to wait. I'm changing jobs, and I've had rough winter months money-wise, it's all hitting me right now.

As my mom liked to say, we're not rich but we're doing all right!

And the rats end up in my bookcase anyway, no need to build a grotto, chewing on my books is much more fun!
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Postby pLaurent » March 20th, 2006, 10:39 pm

I have a hard time buying all the expensive organic composants for the Suebee's rat mix,


I never bought the more expensive ingredients for that mix. I made my own, and mixed it with prepared rat food from the pet store.

I supplemented that with my own food and gave them whatever I was eating.

Sometimes for breakfast, they would have toast and cereal with bananas, or scrambled eggs and toast with peanut butter. They ate better than I did!!! :D

I miss them more, talking about them. :(
So cute the way they would charge up to the cage door and snatch the bananas out of my fingers then sit there eating it and turning it around in their little pink hands....sniff.....
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Postby call2arms » March 21st, 2006, 12:50 am

Oh, they get table food too but they also have nutri-blocks in the morning, and Suebee's at night. They LOOOVE toast with peanut butter and bananas, and pears, and cheddar... Those buggers will eat almost anything you give them...

The pink hands are a hit here too, even my boyfriend who can't enjoy animals who eat meals where they poop *litterbox* likes it when they eat and groom.

Just for you pL, DeeDee and Ivy with honey yogies:Image
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Postby SisMorphine » March 21st, 2006, 12:55 am

My little girls LOVED their yogurt drops.

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RIP little Koko (died after a false pregnancy and spending the night silently giving birth to nothing . . . thus I awake in the morning to find her with a prolapsed uterus and rectum . . . had to be PTSed) and Cattia (taken by Myco).

I will never again have female rats (the spay is too invasive for such a tiny creature, I worry, and after living through Koko's end I don't EVER want to be in that position again). And I will only get rats that come certified free of Myco. I am being selfish this time around. Their lives aren't long enough to crap shoot anymore :(
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Postby call2arms » March 21st, 2006, 12:24 pm

Some things are worse than myco... I've had a foster come in with an ear infection, she was on antibiotics... She required cleaning and pushing out solid pus twice a day. Once we went to the vet with her, he pulled out 1 CC of pus out of there. She went downhill after that and we had to put her to sleep. That's only a 2 week span. She was DeeDee's mom.

I understand what you mean by spay is too invasive for them, but in some cases it's necessary -repeated mammary tumors, by example. I've never done it, though. Right now I have more boys than girls, the intact boys are NEVER in contact with the intact girls, especially that it's their mom and sister. Eww.
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Postby pLaurent » March 21st, 2006, 12:45 pm

RIP little Koko (died after a false pregnancy and spending the night silently giving birth to nothing . . . thus I awake in the morning to find her with a prolapsed uterus and rectum


So sorry....how very awful.:(

I had Ashley neutered. Had to protect the girls, you know! :D

The risk from spaying is, I feel, less than the risk of tumours and if I have another girl, I will spay her. I have a GREAT exotic vet. He charges a fortune, but gives wonderful care and really loves rats.

Call2arms has seen this, but here is my Alvis who spent his whole 2 years life in an empty 10gal tank at a petstore as a "breeder". He was on sale for .99 since he was no longer useful. I hated the thought of going for snake food, so bought him. I adored him.
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Love the pics, guys, and would like to see more!!
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Postby call2arms » March 21st, 2006, 1:54 pm

Aww, Alvis is so cute!!!

I never go to pet shops, thinking of all these little guys who might get killed and frozen for snakes kills me. That or they'll end up in a tank with no air, cedar chips, grain mix and no vet care...
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Postby SisMorphine » March 21st, 2006, 2:55 pm

I agree, spaying is necessary . . . which is why I will only ever own males.

Currently I'm in a debate as to whether or not to neuter the boys I get next. I had my last male neutered and he wasn't as "leaky" plus the non-rat folks weren't as skeeved without the rattie torpedos dragging around behind them. Plus I just figured that it would have health benefits, as it does for dogs. But now the breeder is saying that she prefers her males to NOT be neutered because it does not have the same health effects as spaying does on a female. Ugh. I just don't know. If the "no neutering unless necessary" clause is in the contract obviously I'll have to go by it, but if not I just don't know what to do now . . .
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Postby SpiritFngrz » March 21st, 2006, 3:23 pm

call2arms wrote:I know pL. But I'm on a rough patch, I have a hard time buying all the expensive organic composants for the Suebee's rat mix, so the cage will have to wait. I'm changing jobs, and I've had rough winter months money-wise, it's all hitting me right now.

As my mom liked to say, we're not rich but we're doing all right!

And the rats end up in my bookcase anyway, no need to build a grotto, chewing on my books is much more fun!


Crap! I have a ferret cage much like pLaurent's that I'm not using. You can have it but you are so far away.
I love ferrets but I don't plan on getting any more. They are cute but stinky
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Postby dogcrazyjen » March 21st, 2006, 3:38 pm

If you don't mind how it looks, could you build one? My husband just built an awesome cage for my chickens, 6x4x3 feet, out of 2x3s and hardware cloth. You could build ledges and such for them and hang stuff from the hardware cloth. it isn't pretty, but it is practically bomb proof, which is good because we just lost 5 to a f*in' weasel.
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Postby pLaurent » March 21st, 2006, 5:37 pm

My husband just built an awesome cage for my chickens, 6x4x3 feet, out of 2x3s and hardware cloth


Rats could chew hardware cloth and wood and would need something more sturdy, which is why homemade cages for them are little more difficult to construct.

Currently I'm in a debate as to whether or not to neuter the boys I get next.


Not much need to neuter the boys unless they become very aggressive to each other, which happens seldom. Some people feel it may reduce the incidence of tumours in males, but the jury seems to be out on that one.

My neutered boy still peed on me regularly, hence his name - Ashley PEEbody!! :D
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Postby call2arms » March 21st, 2006, 7:10 pm

Spirit: If you really want to give that cage away, I could pay for the shipping... Where are you located?
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Postby dogcrazyjen » March 21st, 2006, 8:50 pm

True, I guess I wasn't thinking about the wood-funny because I had rats for a while-brain fart!
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Postby Maryellen » March 21st, 2006, 9:49 pm

i just got the new http://www.petedge.com catalog, and they had a really nice big cat cage there, it looked like a pink bird cage...suuper big..
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Postby SisMorphine » March 21st, 2006, 10:49 pm

Maryellen wrote:i just got the new http://www.petedge.com catalog, and they had a really nice big cat cage there, it looked like a pink bird cage...suuper big..

I was just at petedge today!! Yes yes, be jealous, I live close enough to go to the warehouse and get the super awesome deals on toys and crates and beds and such :)
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Postby pLaurent » March 21st, 2006, 11:31 pm

The prices at PetEdge are incredible, but so is the shipping fee to Canada.:(

That cat cage is awesome, but the bars are too far apart for ratties.
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Postby SpiritFngrz » March 21st, 2006, 11:35 pm

call2arms wrote:Spirit: If you really want to give that cage away, I could pay for the shipping... Where are you located?


The cage is in CT at my parent's house
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